Posts Tagged ‘Cat Power’

About a year ago, I had to give Holly Miranda a Babewatch shout-out, because she not only carried the range and songwriting talent that’s hard to find within mainstream “pop”, but also because she has that non-egotistical and hot edge that translates to marketability.  Kanye West took to his blog a year ago to sing her praises and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek took charge of the production behind her debut album, The Magician’s Private Library, out tomorrow February 23rd under XL Recordings.  She’s a fresh take on Mazzy Star and Cat Power, with some bite.  Check out an amazing cover of Tool’s “AEnema” and download the MP3 here, thanks to Lizzyville.



If you’ve been keeping up with the whereabouts of certain (once) teen sensations that are adapting to what’s current to keep themselves afloat the hip music scene, then you might’ve heard that Mandy Moore’s done some reinventing.  Maybe it was a bit of a nudge from new husband and indie rockstar, Ryan Adams, or perhaps this is the type of music she’s always imagined creating….regardless, we’ll see how her fans, now a bit older, will react.

Moore released her new album today, Amanda Leigh, and celebrated with a free acoustic performance at Highline Ballroom in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood tonight – a freebie brought on by Best Buy.  As an acoustic performance, by no means was it too edgy, or way too indie, or a complete departure to me although sort of earthy and folk-rock at times, but maybe she’s taking baby steps before becoming the next Cat Power or even Aimee Mann (the first step being not performing the bubblegum pop tunes that placed her on the map, which she didn’t).  She sounded great during the 45-minute set and was accompanied only by guitar and keys.

Not…that…I…was…there…or anything, and I may or may not have taken the photos below…

I do want to personally thank JayVee of The Round Table for the hook up….



Holly Miranda has teamed up with TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek to help produce her first album (release date TBD) – some tracks available on her myspace page.  Her vocals will conjur up comparisons to Cat Power, her music feels like the Portishead we loved from the days of “Dummy”, and although her experimental sound will tap into a niche crowd, it’s safe to say that crowd will be pleased.

It’s like Mazzy Star reincarnated.